Newnan & Coweta: An Important read if you are considering buying a used car

Think before you sink!

Walking outside today, it looked like it was going to rain…and that got me thinking about topics to write about. With every changing season comes changes in weather. Why does this matter? Well it doesn’t really, except if you are that guy or girl who mistakenly tries to traverse what most would consider a raging rapid in their new sub-compact “wha-cha-ma-call-it” only to end up stalling out within 15 seconds of trying to recreate the swimming of the English Channel. It’s even more important to understand that sometimes these vehicles make it back into the market.

I don’t need to tell you that inheriting a water damaged engine is nothing but a nightmare. So, how do you avoid buying The Titanic?

Watch the video for some great tips:

Here’s some more from Consumer Reports Car Blog.

* Inspect the carpets to see if they are wet, damp, or muddy.

* Check the seat-mounting screws to see if there is any evidence that they have been removed. To dry the carpets, the seats must be removed, not generally a part of normal maintenance.

* Inspect the lights. Headlights and tail lights are expensive to replace, and a visible water line may still show on the lens or reflector.

* Inspect the difficult-to-clean places, such as gaps between panels in the trunk and under the hood. Waterborne mud and debris may still appear in these places.

* Look for mud or debris on the bottom edges of brackets or panels, where it wouldn’t settle naturally.

* Look at the heads of any unpainted exposed screws under the dashboard. Unpainted metal in flood cars will show signs of rust.

* Check if the rubber drain plugs under the car and on the bottom of doors look as if they have been removed recently. It may have been done to drain floodwater.

* If you need to dig deeper, remove a door panel to see whether there is a water mark on the inside. If you are from an area impacted by a flood and have a car that was not damaged, be aware that buyers may still suspect that it was. Consider having a mechanic inspect the car before you sell it so that you can present potential buyers with a clean bill of health.

Keep in mind, months and even years after a major flooding, damaged used cars can surface in other parts of the country. It’s best to be vigilant and thorough when considering a used car purchase.

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